- USS Lucid (MSO-458)
warshipto be named "Lucid" by the Navy, "AM-458" was laid down by Higgins Inc. Shipyard, New Orleans, Louisiana, 16 March 1953; launched 14 November 1953; sponsored by Mrs. Mary J. Barrow; reclassified "MSO-458" on 7 February 1955; and commissioned 4 May 1955, Lt. J. H. Graham in command.
First WestPac tour of duty
After shakedown in the
Caribbean, "Lucid" sailed for the Pacific Ocean, arriving Long Beach, California, 22 August. For the next 13 months, she performed minewarfare exercises on the U.S. West Coast, then sailed on her first western Pacific tour 1 October 1958.
Four additional Far East tours
During the period
1956to 5 November 1963, "Lucid" sailed on four WestPaccruises and while there performed operations with the mighty U.S. 7th Fleet. This bastion of strength in the Far Eastserved notice to the Communists that America would not tolerate threats to the peace and stability of the free countries of Asia. In addition to exercises with the 7th Fleet, the minesweeper participated in good will programs in the countries she visited. The time between WestPac cruises was spent in mine countermeasure exercises off the southern Californiacoast
Supporting Market Time operations
1964Lucid continued training exercises off the U.S. West Coast, then departed Long Beach 5 April 1965on her fifth WestPaccruise. Arriving Subic Bay, Philippine Islands. 24 May, she prepared for Operation Market Timeoff the coast of Vietnam. From June to October the minesweeper continued patrol and surveillance of Vietnamese Junk traffic. She boarded a total of 186 Junks and steel-hulled ships, and contributed to a reduction of enemy infiltration of men and supplies by sea. "Lucid" returned to Long Beach 14 Decemberand operated off the southern Californiacoast until May 1966when she commenced overhaul at Harbor Boat Building Co., San Pedro, California.
WestPac deployment after 1966 overhaul
1966, having completed her overhaul, "Lucid" prepared for another WestPacdeployment. She departed Long Beach on 6 January 1967. "Lucid" served once again with the Market Time forces, performing surveillance and search duties, as well as hunting mines in the harbors of South VietnamOn 16 October 1967, she departed Subic Bay, homeward bound after a long but rewarding deployment "Lucid" arrived at Long Beach on 18 November. Following a brief overhaul period, and refresher training, she sailed for WestPac 1 April. Along with patrol duty off the Vietnamese Coast and upkeep periods at Subic Bay and Singapore, "Lucid" conducted minesweeping exercises with Allied Navies Returning to Long Beach in mid-October, the minesweeper began a yard period where she remained into 1969.
"Lucid" was struck from the
Navy Liston 15 May 1976and sold for $40,250 for scrap in a Navy sale in November. The scrap yard removed valuable metals and equipment and resold her. After passing through numerous civilian owners, "Lucid" was acquired for use as a museum. She is currently being restored at Bradford Island, California.
In May, 2008, it was announced that Lucid was in need of a new home with better access. Access to Bradford Island is limited, with no direct highway access.
* [http://www.usslucid.org USS Lucid MSO-458 Foundation]
* [http://www.keller.com/dan/lucid.html USS Lucid (MSO-458)]
* [http://www.hnsa.org/ships/lucid.htm HNSA Web Page: USS Lucid]
* [http://www.navsource.org/archives/11/02458.htm NavSource Online: Mine Warfare Vessel Photo Archive - Lucid (MSO-458) - ex-AM-458]
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